Bringing water to the communities: distribution of hippo-rollers
In the area of the Sintoukola Potash project, the living conditions of the people from the local communities can be very hard, in particular due to the distance to boreholes or drinking water sources.
To improve the living conditions of the communities by facilitating easier access to drinking water, Kore Potash set up a project to provide hippo-rollers to local households. Hippo-rollers are water containers that can be easily rolled over long distances.
This initiative was a great success and Kore Potash hippo-rollers are in great demand. In 2016, 288 hippo-rollers were distributed across 11 villages surrounding Sintoukola Potash, which represents 38% of all the households in the area prioritizing vulnerable people (handicapped or people with a reduced mobility), schools and hospitals, as well as large families or families living far from the boreholes.
Agricultural Incentive Program: Manioc Farming
To improve the living conditions of the local communities in the department of the Kouilou (district of Madingo-Kayes) Kore Potash conducted an agricultural incentive program focusing on manioc farming, a staple food in Congolese culture. This agricultural incentive contributes greatly to food security and the fight against poverty.
Lately manioc farming has been subject to diverse types of disease that seriously impact the productivity of the crops in Congo in general and in the Madingo-Kayes district in particular.
Sintoukola Potash asked the Research Institute in Agronomics (IRA) to conduct an investigation in the different villages in order to identify any abnormalities, offer adapted solutions and prepare the people to receive new healthy manioc cuttings which are distributed currently by the PADEF (Support Program for the Development of Agriculture).
The PADEF is a program co-founded by the World Bank and the Congolese government, dedicated to the distribution of manioc cuttings coming from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria that are healthy and resistant to manioc mosaic.
The incentive focuses on informing and training the people to use new production technologies and new disease-resistant manioc cuttings. Ultimately, it will bring good quality manioc to the communities and allow them to be self-sufficient in manioc farming and increase their revenues.